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MPs want GSU officers urgently withdrawn from Nyanza

27 June 2014, 15:22 Samuel Kisika

Nairobi – CORD MPs from Nyanza have called on the government and Inspector General of Police to urgently withdraw General Service Unit (GSU) officers from the region and dispatch them to volatile areas to beef up security.

The legislators led by Kisumu Central MP, Ken Obura said the presence of heavy GSU officers in the region has caused tension and fear of intimidation restraining residents from carrying on with their normal business activities.

“The heavy presence of GSU and other security personnel within the city of Kisumu and its environs has caused jitters, apprehension, panic and fear among residents, more so amidst the recent shooting of one Mr. Collins Okoth, who was peacefully watching World Cup match in Manyatta estate within Kisumu city,” said Obura.

Obura added that the region is currently peaceful and the normal regular police officers within Nyanza especially in Kisumu town are able to handle security issues and any unexpected minor insecurity situation that may arise from time to time.

“The presence of security officers could be a well calculated attempt and ploy to intimidate, gag and stifle CORD supporters in its strongholds ahead of the Saba Saba rallies scheduled for next week. The government and Inspector General should urgently withdraw the said officers and dispatch them to volatile areas like Mpeketoni, Witu, Wajir, Baringo among others so that normalcy can return in the mentioned areas,” stated Obura.

The MPs said that the government should stop linking the country’s insecurity situation to politics, and urged the government to find a long-lasting solution to curb more terror attacks and ethnic conflicts in affected areas such as Wajir and Baringo.

The Nyanza legislators present at the press conference at Parliament Buildings included Hon. John Mbadi, (Suba MP) Hon. George Oner (Rangwe), Hon. Rose Nyamunga (Kisumu County MP), Hon. Millie Odhiambo (Mbita), Hon. Shakeel Shabbir (Kisumu East), Hon. John Aluoch (Kisumu West), Hon. Jared Opiyo (Awendo), and Hon. Timothy Bosire (Kitutu Masaba).

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